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  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life. On the DVD: Life of Brian returns to Region 2 DVD in a decent widescreen anamorphic print with Dolby 5.1 sound--neither are exactly revelatory, but at least it's an improvement on the previous release, which was, shockingly, pan & scan. The 50-minute BBC documentary, "The Pythons", was filmed mainly on location in 1979 and isn't especially remarkable or insightful (a new retrospective would have been appreciated). There are trailers for this movie, as well as Holy Grail plus three other non-Python movies. There's no commentary track, sadly. --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [1975] Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £14.01 (70.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second best comedy ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail must give precedence only to the same team's masterpiece, The Life of Brian (1979). Even though most of this film's set-pieces are now indelibly inscribed in every Python fan's psyche, as if by magic they never seem to pall. And they remain endlessly, joyfully quotable: from the Black Knight ("It's just a flesh wound"), to the constitutional peasants ("Come and see the violence inherent in the system!") and the taunting French soldier ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"). Not forgetting of course the migratory habits of European and African swallows... The film's mock-Arthurian narrative provides a sturdy framework for the jokes, and the authentic-looking production design is relentlessly and gloriously dirty. The miniscule budget turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets: Can't afford horses? Use coconuts instead. No money for special effects? Let Terry Gilliam animate. And so on, from Camelot ("it's only a model") to the rampaging killer rabbit glove puppet. True it's let down a little by a rushed ending, and the jokes lack the sting of Life of Brian's sharply observed satire, but Holy Grail is still timeless comedy that's surely destined for immortality. On the DVD: Disc One contains a digitally remastered anamorphic (16:9) print of the film--which is still a little grainy, but a big improvement on previous video releases--with a splendidly remixed Dolby 5.1 soundtrack (plus an added 24 seconds of self-referential humour "absolutely free"!). There are two commentaries, one with the two Terrys, co-directors Jones and Gilliam, the other a splicing together of three separate commentaries by Michael Palin, John Cleese (in waspish, nit-picking mood) and Eric Idle. A "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature provides access either to the Accountant's invoices or Gilliam's conceptual sketches. Subtitle options allow you to read the screenplay or watch with spookily appropriate captions from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II. The second disc has lots more material, much of it very silly and inconsequential (an educational film on coconuts, the Camelot song in Lego and so on), plus a long-ish documentary from 2001 in which Palin and Jones revisit Doune Castle, Glencoe and other Scottish locations. Perhaps best of all, though, are the two scenes from the Japanese version with English subtitles, in which we see the search for the Holy sake cup, and the Ni-saying Knights who want... bonsai! --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition) [1974] Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition) | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £5.69  |  Saving you £19.30 (77.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Yoiks! Here be the Python's tale of good King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his knights as they quest for the Holy Grail. Watch as they face great odds and silly sods. See them wage battle against the fierce Killer Rabbit (""Run Away! Run Away!"") and (oh horrors!) see them confront the dreaded Knights Who Say ""Ni!"". Oh these be trying times. Can these good knights pass the test of valour and cut down yon tree with herring? Or will they blow themselves to smithereens with the Holy H

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 4 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 4 | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £2.19  |  Saving you £17.36 (86.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    And now for something completely different... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Golden Age of Ballooning 2. Michael Ellis 3. The Light Entertainment War 4. Hamlet 5. Mr. Neutron 6. Party Political Broadcast

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1 | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £17.72 (70.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    And now for something completely different...

  • And Now For Something Completely Different [1971] And Now For Something Completely Different | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £2.48  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python's first feature, is a reworking of their best skits from the first two seasons of the TV series. Originally made for the US market (where the show had yet to be aired), it was shot on film outside the usual studio sets ("Nudge Nudge", for example, is set in a tavern filled with passers-by). The writing and performances are fine and the film is packed with some of their best bits: "How to Avoid Being Seen", " Hell's Grannies", "Blackmail", "The Lumberjack Song" and "The Upper Class Twit of the Year", among others. Many of the sketches have been shortened, however, and the loss of the overly bright video sheen (the film has a muddy, dull look to it) and the invigorating presence of a live audience leaves the film sluggish at times. They're still feeling out the possibilities of the feature length, which they conquered with their next movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974). --Sean Axmaker

  • Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' [1983] Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £4.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (61.90%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! These naughty lads offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite bodily parts and functions the wonders of war the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Nothing is too sacred for the probing Python crew. After seeing them in action you'll never look at life in quite the same way again. It's far-out frank and jolly good fun!

  • A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (18/02/2013) from £6.09  |  Saving you £13.90 (69.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Graham Chapman (the dead one from Monty Python) writes and stars in the movie of his own life story. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989 he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book and those recordings have now been used to provide Chapman's voice in the film. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, along with a few surprise guest including Cameron Diaz, Stephen Fry and Lloyd Kaufman.

  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian [Blu-ray] [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian | Blu Ray | (03/12/2007) from £6.89  |  Saving you £12.71 (63.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever but the Monty Python team said it first! Life of Brian is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads so you know what you're in for; if you don't put this disc down and go out while it's safe!

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £20.00  |  Saving you £24.99 (55.50%)  |  RRP £44.99

    The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

  • Monty Python's Meaning of Life - 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1983] Monty Python's Meaning of Life - 30th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (09/09/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (60.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It took God six days to create the heavens and the earth... and Monty Python 90 minutes to screw it up. John Cleese Graham Chapman Terry Jones Eric Idle Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life (again - this time on Blu-ray). The Python crew offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favourite bodily parts and functions the wonders of war the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Nothing is too sacred for the probing Pythons. After seeing them in action you'll never look at life in quite the same way again! Special Features: Hour long newly created HD featurette with Producer John Goldstone in conversation with the cast Eric Idle Introduction Feature Commentary from Terry Jones and Terry Gilham The Snipped Bits: 7 Deleted Scenes Singalong The School of Life Song and Dance Songs Unsung Selling The Meaning of Life Fish: The School of Life Soundtrack for the Lonely

  • Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life [1983] Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.25 (71.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! These naughty lads offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite bodily parts and functions the wonders of war the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Nothing is too sacred for the probing Python crew. After seeing them in action you'll never look at life in quite the same way again. It's far-out frank and jolly good fun!

  • Monty Python: The Movies (Box Set) Monty Python: The Movies (Box Set) | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £10.70  |  Saving you £15.00 (37.50%)  |  RRP £39.99

    This Monty Python Movie Box Set contains all four Python movies: And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)--the two-disc set--Monty Python's Life of Brian--including a 50-minute documentary--and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Special Edition) [1979] Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Special Edition) | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £7.01 (41.30%)  |  RRP £16.99

    You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever but the Monty Python team said it first! 'Life Of Brian' is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads so you know what you're in for; if you don't put this disc down and go out while it's safe!

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Steelbook] [Blu-ray] Monty Python and the Holy Grail | Blu Ray | (08/06/2015) from £12.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (33.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Limited Edition Steelbook with Gloss Finish Arthur King of the Britons (Graham Chapman) assembles his Knights of the Round Table and takes them swiflty from Camelot after a message from God on a quest to find the Holy Grail! As they travel to the sound of their coconut banging servants the banner of Knights encounter a castle of heavy resistance; guards throwing cows and chickens Knights in the forest who say 'Ni!' and a cute looking rabbit that only the 'Holy Hand Grenade' can deal with. Satirising events of that time (including witch trials and the black plague) Monty Python create an hilarious take on the well known story and deliver some unforgettable moments.

  • Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl [1982] Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £5.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (66.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Pythons invade Hollywood with live versions of classics The Lumberjack Song The Philosphers Song and of course the incomparable Parrot Sketch plus material never performed on the Flying Circus Program.

  • Monty Python - 40th Anniversary Box Set [DVD] Monty Python - 40th Anniversary Box Set | DVD | (14/09/2009) from £19.81  |  Saving you £5.18 (20.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Monty Python: 40th Anniversary Box Set

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set) [Blu-ray] Monty Python and the Holy Grail (40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set) | Blu Ray | (12/10/2015) from £18.00  |  Saving you £11.99 (40.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Could this be the funniest movie ever made? By any rational measure of comedy, this medieval romp from the Monty Python troupe certainly belongs on the short list of candidates. According to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, it's "recommended for fans only," but we say hogwash to that--you could be a complete newcomer to the Python phenomenon and still find this send-up of the Arthurian legend to be wet-your-pants hilarious. It's basically a series of sketches woven together as King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail, with Graham Chapman as the King, Terry Gilliam as his simpleton sidekick Patsy, and the rest of the Python gang filling out a variety of outrageous roles. The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention, but once you've seen Arthur's outrageously bloody encounter with the ominous Black Knight (John Cleese), you'll know that nothing's sacred in the Python school of comedy. From holy hand grenades to killer bunnies to the absurdity of the three-headed knights who say "Ni--!," this is the kind of movie that will strike you as fantastically funny or just plain silly, but why stop there? It's all over the map, and the pace lags a bit here and there, but for every throwaway gag the Pythons have invented, there's a bit of subtle business or grand-scale insanity that's utterly inspired. The sum of this madness is a movie that's beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor. If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you're almost certainly dead. --Jeff Shannon

  • Life of Brian: Collector's Edition (Re-Package)  [DVD] [1979] Life of Brian: Collector's Edition (Re-Package) | DVD | (07/11/2016) from £5.09  |  Saving you £0.90 (15.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life. On the DVD: Life of Brian returns to Region 2 DVD in a decent widescreen anamorphic print with Dolby 5.1 sound--neither are exactly revelatory, but at least it's an improvement on the previous release, which was, shockingly, pan & scan. The 50-minute BBC documentary, "The Pythons", was filmed mainly on location in 1979 and isn't especially remarkable or insightful (a new retrospective would have been appreciated). There are trailers for this movie, as well as Holy Grail plus three other non-Python movies. There's no commentary track, sadly. --Mark Walker

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 3 Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 3 | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £3.19  |  Saving you £17.21 (68.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    And now for something completely different... The complete third series of Monty Python's Circus! Episodes Comprise: 1. Njorl's Saga 2. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular 3. The Money Programme 4. Blood Devastation Death War and Horror 5. The All-England Summarise Proust Competition 6. The War Against Pornography 7. Salad Days 8. The Cycling Tour 9. The Nude Man 10. E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease 11. Dennis Moore 12. A Book at Bedtime 13. The British Showbiz Awards

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